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A man praying in Los Angeles, home to one of the world's most religiously diverse populations. The USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture, housed in USC Dornsife, received three grants that will enable the center to expand its work in the city and internationally. Photo by Jerry Berndt.

Three Times a Winner

April 10, 2014

Housed in USC Dornsife, the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture (CRCC) has received three major grants totaling more than $5 million — a testament to its sustained success. CRCC Executive Director Donald Miller,…

James Brecher, associate teaching professor at USC Dornsife’s Writing Program (middle), is flanked by his students Taylor Fisher (left) and Natalie Tecimer, who are taking his advanced legal writing seminar. Photo by Erica Christianson.

Supreme Opportunities

April 3, 2014

As the USC Dornsife students filed into the California Supreme Court in San Francisco, they eyed the long line of attorneys in front of the building. Due to the importance and popularity of the cases, many waiting were turned…

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang receives the Early Career Award, established to honor an individual no later than 10 years after receipt of a doctoral degree. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Early Career Award

March 27, 2014

USC Dornsife’s Mary Helen Immordino-Yang has been awarded the Early Career Award for 2014 by the American Educational Research Association (AERA). The international organization will confer the award for excellence in…

USC Dornsife’s Pavitra Krishnamani is an embodiment of the USC experience, having taken leadership roles in many different groups, university-wide and in the community. Photo by Erica Christianson.

One Busy Student

March 18, 2014

Pavitra Krishnamani was 16 when she entered USC through the Resident Honors Program, but the teenager was wise enough to quickly get involved. “I think, in a way, I’ve helped build a curriculum for myself at USC,…

USC Dornsife's Mary Helen Immordino-Yang receives the Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science from Nobel laureate Phillip Sharp, president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), at the group’s annual meeting. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

USC Dornsife Scientists Awarded

February 25, 2014

Better qualified than anyone to judge effective science outreach, the leading society for public engagement with science presented one of its signature honors to a young USC Dornsife professor Feb. 14 in Chicago. Mary Helen…

Bita Shahian credits her liberal arts education at USC Dornsife for helping her to cultivate her diverse interests in technology, design and psychology. She aims to foster opportunities for minorities and women in the technology industry. Photo courtesy Bita Shahian.

Tech Talk

February 25, 2014

Bita Shahian believes the future lies in technology. Since she also believes in the future of college students, she wants to help them jump into the tech world. “Technology is transforming a lot of industries and making…

Professor of International Relations at Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran, Iran, USC Dornsife alumnus Mahmood Sariolghalam is a specialist in Middle East politics, and Iranian foreign policy and political culture. Photo courtesy of Mahmood Sariolghalam.

Shaping Foreign Policy

February 21, 2014

A quick lesson in Farsi: Sariolghalam, literally, means “quick pen.” Apt nomenclature for a devoted academic who has written more than 68 articles and 11 books in English, Farsi and Arabic. Mahmood Sariolghalam,…

Senior Reid Lidow wins a Gates Cambridge Scholarship given to United States-based students. He receives a full scholarship for graduate studies at the University of Cambridge, where he will continue his research on Burma’s political and economic future. Photo by Jake W. Roberts.

Lidow Awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarship

February 18, 2014

Senior Reid Lidow, an international relations and political science double major, has been awarded a highly competitive Gates Cambridge Scholarship. This award grants him a full scholarship for graduate studies at the…

In a recent Barbra Streisand Lecture, sociologist Eva Illouz said the interactive format E L James used to write <em>Fifty Shades of Grey</em> allowed her to incorporate readers’ feedback, including their own fantasies and desired plot twists. Photos by Erica Christianson.

Hard Core Self-Help

February 6, 2014

Anyone who claims not to have at least heard of E L James’ erotic trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey is either fibbing or has been living on a remote desert island with no Internet access for the past three years. The…

USC Dornsife's Daphna Oyserman, Dean's Professor of Psychology, shares her research during a Jan. 22 Dean's Special Lecture, explaining why we often achieve less than we aspire to and offering solutions to help attain our goals. Photos by Matt Meindl.

Meet Your Future Self

January 30, 2014

“If it’s not cool for a teenage boy in inner-city L.A. to do his science homework, then how will he ever become a brain surgeon?” This thorny question was asked by USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay as he…